One of Dickie’s expat acquaintances, Freddie is an “overweight American [with] carrot-red hair” who is “the son of an American hotel-chain owner” and a “self-styled playwright.” Freddie’s extravagant manner and off-putting looks make him hateful to Tom, though his love of revelry and excess is what draws Dickie and Marge to him. Freddie inadvertently drives a wedge between Tom and Dickie through his plans for a “bang-up” ski trip to Cortina, from which Tom is excluded. After Tom murders Dickie and moves to Rome in order to overtake his identity, Freddie tracks “Dickie” down. When Freddie begins to piece together the truth of the situation, Tom murders him. Freddie’s murder then becomes a popular news item in the Italian and European press, and the unending, high-profile coverage is what eventually forces Tom to abandon his life as Dickie and return to his own identity.
The timeline below shows where the character Frederick “Freddie” Miles appears in The Talented Mr. Ripley. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...next day Tom moves hotels. In his new room, he holds “imaginary conversations” with Fausto, Freddie, and Marge—practicing his imitation of Dickie, in case any one of them calls him on... (full context)
...and Tom tells him that Dickie is “not very cooperative,” but couldn’t possibly have murdered Freddie Miles. The tenente asks about Marge, and Tom implies that both Dickie and Freddie were... (full context)
...Herbert that, the last time he saw Dickie, he’d been morose and “shaken” by “the Miles thing.” Herbert insists that Dickie has not committed suicide, and Tom indulges him, telling Herbert... (full context)
...to elaborate on Dickie’s relationship with Marge, and whether or not he believes Dickie killed Freddie Miles. McCarron tells Tom that he plans to return to Rome today, and the two... (full context)